Sunday, September 5, 2010

Live text - US Open day seven


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By Chris Bevan

A celeb has been spotted
From LJ, via text: "Can't wait for Andy's match with Stan Wawrinka! Will keep busy till then with a few chapters of obstetrics. And the live text of course!"

1640: I bring more news of Oliver Golding. And it's not good. Artunedo Martinavarr has broken back on Court 14. I'm not going to wheel out a Brit-down graphic just yet though, because the first set is merely back on serve at 4-4.

1637: That's the first set in the bag for Clijsters, who took 31 minutes to win it 6-2. French Open champion Francesca Schiavone is well on the way to doing the same against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova too - the Italian is leading 4-2 (and making plenty of noise from what I can hear).

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From pickles91 on 606: "Ivanovic struggling big time against Clijsters. Not a good match-up for Ivanovic."

1632: Kim Clijsters has taken control of this first set in the last few minutes, breaking Ivanovic in her last two games and opening up a 5-2 lead. She's dropped her own serve in that time too, but her big-hitting approach is paying off at the minute.

1627: There are an array of tennis treats in store for us today but it won't be the same unless you lot get involved. You know the score by now - show me some love on Twitter at chrisbevan_bbc, serve me some texts via 81111 (UK) or 44 7786200666 (worldwide) or make a racquet on 606.

It's good news for a Briton
1622: Yay. Oliver Golding has made a confident start out on Court 15. Golding, who reached the semi-finals of this year's junior Wimbledon, is a break up on Artunedo Martinavarr and leads 3-1. I think that deserves a Brit-up graphic, no?

1617: It's been a lively opening on Ashe, where Ana Ivanovic saw two break points come and go in the first game before facing (and saving) one herself in the second. Her and Kim Clijsters are both attacking at every opportunity in the early stages, which has made for an open match so far. The Belgian is ahead 2-1 and we are still on serve in this first set.

1613 Ivanovic versus Clijsters has just started on Arthur Ashe, which hopefully is less windy than it was on Saturday. Elsewhere, Francesca Schiavone and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova are about to get under way on Louis Armstrong and David Nalbandian takes on Fernando Verdasco on Grandstand. If that little lot is not enough for you, there's an all-Spanish clash going on Court 11 between David Ferrer and Daniel Gimeno-Traver too.

1607: Here's some news for you too. Roger Federer's new coach Paul Annacone, who was due to leave his post as head coach of the LTA when his contract ends in November, has departed early to avoid a possible conflict of interest if Andy Murray and Fed meet in the final at Flushing Meadows.

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From noleisthebest on 606: "Murray will cruise in four sets, although I like the "new" aggressive Wawrinka."

It's good news for a Briton
1603: Andy Murray's third-round match with the 'other Swiss' Stanislas Wawrinka is third on Louis Armstrong, and probably won't start much before 2000 BST. But if you are in need of a Brit to cheer on now, why not get behind Oliver Golding, who begins his boys' singles campaign with a first-round match against the snappily named Andres Artunedo Martinavarr of Spain in the next few minutes...

1559: Afternoon, folks. If you're after top-drawer tennis, you are in the right place. The line-up for day seven of the US Open positively oozes with quality, starting with the meeting of two former number ones in Ana Ivanovic and Kim Clijsters and followed by potentially tricky ties for Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal. The likes of Venus Williams, Sam Querrey and Mikhail Youzhny are all in action, too. Who will make it through into week two? We will find out in the next few hours...

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